CUA51115: Diploma of Visual Arts

Textile, Print and Surface Design

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Brisbane: Tuesday the 19th of February 2019: 9:00AM - 4:30PM (Please note: 10 months, 3 days full time, 9am – 4:30pm (Wednesday & Thursday on campus, Friday Online Study)
  • Gold Coast: Wednesday the 20th of February 2019: 9:00AM - 4:30PM (Please note: 10 months, 3 days full time, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm )

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Turn your artworks into digital designs that can be printed on a range of products!

If you dream of spending your time creating beautiful artworks and designs, then a career as a Surface Designer is for you!

Extend your creativity and learn painting and drawing techniques with a range of mediums to enable you to create exciting and unique artworks and designs which can be turned into a range of products. Through learning digital manipulation of your hand created artworks, you can make your art suitable for digital printing on a range of products from homewares, fashion products, gift items and more.

The Diploma course will prepare you with the skills to create exciting designs created from your paintings and drawings or designed on computer exclusively. You will learn how to create repeat prints, various colourways, coordinating prints, colour separations for printing and product specifications.

This qualification reflects the role of visual artists and combines specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills to develop an emerging arts practice. It focuses on developing skills in art forms such as drawing, painting, illustration, textile design and digital surface design.

As well, you will develop skills and knowledge of art theory and history and be able to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Some business skills are also covered so that you will be able to realise your dream of becoming a creative arts practitioner.

Your designs can be applied to a range of products, such as:

  • Paintings
  • Art Prints
  • Cushions
  • Scarves
  • Floor Rugs
  • Towels
  • Bed Linen
  • Gift Cards
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Stationary
  • Phone Cases and Skins
  • Crockery - Mugs, Plates etc
  • T-Shirts
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabrics for interiors (i.e. upholstery, curtains etc)
  • Fabrics for fashion garments, accessories, handbags, shoes etc
  • So much more! The list is endless...

Career Opportunities:

  • Artist
  • Surface Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Product Designer

Qualification & Units of Competency

Course Code: CUA51115

On successful completion of the course, students will receive the nationally recognised CUA51115: Diploma of Visual Arts qualification. This course is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework.

To check our accreditation details click here.



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Why You Should Study With Us:

The Australian Institute of creative Design offers intimate classes to cater on a personalised level for your learning experience.

Our trainers have industry current qualifications and experience, to prepare you for success in your future. We offer a range of additional short courses and workshops to support and develop your specialised skills and interests.

We offer Prepare for Success and Dress for Success workshops as well as arrange for guest speakers who are leaders in their industry. In addition to preparing our students with hands on experience within our courses; there are often events and opportunities for internships, work experience or volunteering within the creative industries which are given to us to pass on to our students.


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Course Duration:

10 months, 3 days full time Brisbane: Wednesday & Thursday on campus, Friday Online Study Gold Coast: Wednesday Online Study, Thursday & Friday on campus

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast

February INTAKE 2019

Term 1
20th Feb 19
19th Apr 19
Term 2
1st May 19
5th Jul 19
Term 3
17th Jul 19
20th Sep 19
Term 4
9th Oct 19
6th Dec 19

April INTAKE 2018

Term 1
24th Apr 18
28th Jun 18
Term 2
17th Jul 18
20th Sep 18
Term 3
9th Oct 18
13th Dec 18
Term 4
15th Jan 19
21st Feb 19

March INTAKE 2015

Term 1
9th Mar 15
8th May 15
Term 2
18th May 15
17th Jul 15
Term 3
3rd Aug 15
2nd Oct 15
Term 4
19th Oct 15
18th Dec 15
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February INTAKE 2019

Term 1
19th Feb 19
18th Apr 19
Term 2
30th Apr 19
4th Jul 19
Term 3
16th Jul 19
26th Sep 19
Term 4
8th Oct 19
5th Dec 19

March INTAKE 2017

Term 1
20th Mar 17
7th Apr 17
Term 2
18th Apr 17
23rd Jun 17
Term 3
3rd Jul 17
22nd Sep 17
Term 4
3rd Oct 17
15th Dec 17
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Student Entry Requirements:

Formal Education or Work/Life Experience:

To enrol into the Diploma of Visual Arts the applicant must be able to demonstrate the technical and organisational skills to conceptualise and create works in selected medium which may have been acquired through experience in creative practice or through formal study, bring in a body of work to discuss, have good computer skills, be able to use the internet for research, and use a range of software such as word and presentation software such as PowerPoint as well as answering yes to most of the questions below:

  • Do you love colour and design?
  • Have you worked with some form of creative media such as photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture or some other artistic media?
  • Do you have a body of creative work that you have put together?
  • Have you kept visual diaries and documented your work?
  • Can you talk about the creative process, your inspiration and what your work communicates?


There are no prerequisites for entry into this qualification.


Course Fees

VET Student Loans

From the 1st of January 2017 a new government student loan scheme became available to students enrolling into eligible courses at approved providers.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist with payment of the course fees. Students who take out a VET Student Loan will have a HELP debt which is due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information about VET Student Loans click here.

Expressions of interest will be taken for students applying for courses with a Vet Student Loan

View the Government Fact Sheet for VET Student Loans

If you are eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on course costs, census dates and units of study.

Did you know that alternatives to VET Student Loans may be even cheaper than the 20% fee currently charged by the Government? Student or personal loans from some of the larger financial institutions may save you money.

Check out some other course financing options here.

If you are not eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $13,500.00

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interview or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will receive your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).
  5. Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with payment plan forms.


Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Student ID ($25)
  • Equipment Kit ($170 + $18/month for cloud services)
  • Basic stationary
  • Fabric or product printing costs (varies depending on the items ordered)
  • Students will require a laptop/notebook computer with the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office installed- see below for details.
  • Travel Expenses (fuel, car, bus, train)
  • Exhibition Costs (Frames, materials, Venue)
  • List of required student resources provided upon enrolment


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Internet Explorer 7 or better (free online)
  • Anti Virus - Students are not permitted to connect to our network without Anti Virus installed.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or better with Word, Excel and Powerpoint.*
  • Adobe Creative Suite Design Standard - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.*
  • A mouse is required.

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements.

Diploma of Visual Arts is now funded by the Queensland Government

Complete the CUA5115 Diploma of Visual of Arts with us! Now offering funding to eligible students.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Queensland resident
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency; and
  • Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training.

This means that for eligible students, your out of pockets costs will be reduced and if you are eligible for the VET Student Loan your loan debt will be lower.

As this is a funded course we are also offering concessions to students who aren’t eligible for a funded position under the QUEENSLAND Higher Level Skills program but who are on a concessional health card.

This is a basic breakdown of course costs, for full payment details please feel free to contact us.

Tuition Fees Vet Student Loan Cap Gap Payment Non-Concessional Student Co-Contribution Fees Concessional Student Co-Contribution Fees
$13,500.00 $10,150.00 $3,350.00 $10,070.00 $9,041.00

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Do you have 2 or more years industry relevant experience? Have your experience recognised and increase your employment prospects by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available upon application.

*Students will be charged an administration fee of $200 per unit of competency.


Financial Assistance

We understand that studying can be a big financial commitment. With this in mind, we urge our students to investigate potential financial support they may need throughout the course. Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.

Looking for course financing options? Check out some of the options available here.

Next Course Starts:

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Brisbane: Tuesday the 19th of February 2019: 9:00AM - 4:30PM (Please note: 10 months, 3 days full time, 9am – 4:30pm (Wednesday & Thursday on campus, Friday Online Study)
  • Gold Coast: Wednesday the 20th of February 2019: 9:00AM - 4:30PM (Please note: 10 months, 3 days full time, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm )

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

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